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Taking things in stride is not easy for Kizzy Ann, but with her border collie, Shag, stalwart at her side, she sets out to live a life as sweet as syrup on cornbread.

In 1963, as Kizzy Ann prepares for her first year at an integrated school, she worries about the color of her skin, the scar running from the corner of her right eye to the tip of her smile, and whether anyone at the white school will like her. She writes letters to her new teacher in a clear, insistent voice, stating her troubles and asking questions with startling honesty. The new teacher is supportive, but not everyone feels the same, so there is a lot to write about. Her brother, James, is having a far less positive school experience than she is, and the annoying white neighbor boy won’t leave her alone. But Shag, her border collie, is her refuge. Even so, opportunity clashes with obstacle. Kizzy Ann knows she and Shag could compete well in the dog trials, but will she be able to enter? From Jeri Watts comes an inspiring middle-grade novel about opening your mind to the troubles and scars we all must bear — and facing life with hope and trust.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on August 14, 2012 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763658952
ISBN-13: 9780763658953
6 Book Reviews
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  • Can’t sayWednesday, November 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm
    It is pretty good I have to do a book club on it so
    • mickey-chen
      mickey-chenWednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:21 am55 stars
      This book takes the reader all the way back to when we had slavery. Kizzy Ann Stamps, the main character, has a dog named Shag that helps her along the path of life. As a young one, Kizzy was cut and was left with a huge scar going down the corner of her right eye and to the bottom of her cheek. Later on in the years, Kizzy had a chance to be transferred to a white school, when before, she couldn't go too. Throughout the book, the reader will experience the struggles and happiness young Kizzy Ann Stamps has experienced, which can give the reader different moods the whole way. Lastly, the reader will be reading the notes Kizzy sent to her new teacher. If you ask me, this book is splendid and is very knowledgeable for pre-teens, teenagers, and adults of all ages.
      • horseloverjj22
        horseloverjj22Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:47 am
        Kizzy Ann Stamps is a good book. Kizzy is the main character. Kissy and her school has to go to the white school. I would say the book in not a normal book because the book is just letters of Kizzy and Mis. Anderson that there are writing back and forth. One day when Kizzy first got her dog Kizzy was in her garden there was a snake neby and it was poisons when the snake went for a bite her dog jumped and took the bite for Kizzy and saved her life.She writes letters to her teacher in the white school Mis.anderson about how she is scared to go to the white school. She also writes about her life and her family and her dog she thinks that her dog is special. Kizzy’s dog would walk her to school and back every day. I Like the part when her dog saved her life and took a snake bite for her. The dog was hurt for a while but she got better. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes dogs and good relationships.
        • may12
          may12Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm44 stars
          I like this book because Kizzy Ann faces a lot of challenges in life and changing to a new school and not being allowed to do any dog shows and a lot of people don't like her but she gets over it. but a lot of people like shag her dog and she makes new friends. She does not really like her new school or dresses but she still likes her teacher and she study's well and pays attention she is a good example in life and a good role model for any age. it is a really good book.
          • mammers904
            mammers904Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:41 pm44 stars
            This is during a time when people with different skin colors didn't go to school together, pretty sad. She is a strong willed girl. She focuses in on her dog.
            • lovewithfiremalMonday, November 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm
              It's cool and I feeling like I'm in the 1960s when I read this book.